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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 2017-01-12, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
 
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Shaw BlueSky TV Hardware Information

For those looking for hardware specifics on BlueSky TV here is the support landing page: https://community.shaw.ca/docs/DOC-9889

BlueSky TV Box - Also known as XG1v3 "RDK"

Connections
  • HDMI Out Yes
  • Mini-HDMI No
  • DVI No
  • Component No
  • Composite Yes
  • S-Video No
  • Coaxial (out) Disabled
  • RCA Audio Yes
  • S/PDIF (Coaxial) No
  • S/PDIF (Optical) Yes
  • IR Tether No
  • USB Disabled
  • HDMI In Disabled
  • Ethernet Disabled
  • eSATA Disabled
  • HD Compatible Yes
  • Tuner Type Digital
  • No. of Tuners Six*
  • Internal HDD 500GB
  • PVR Expandable No
  • MPEG-4 Yes
  • 1080p Capable Yes
  • 3D Capable Yes
  • VOD Capable Yes
  • Manufacturer Arris
  • Width 35 cm / 13.8 in
  • Depth 20.5 cm / 8.1 in
  • Height 6 cm / 2.4 in
*12 simultaneous recordings are supported when multiple PVRs are networked together

BlueSky TV Portal - Also known as XiD
The BlueSky TV portal connects over MoCA to the BlueSky TV box (PVR). Like our older whole-home hardware, customers are able to access recordings from anywhere in their home when connected to a portal.
New Features with BlueSky TV
  • Reduced Size - this box is very small
  • HDPVR and HD Compatible - Portals can be used to create a whole-home HD and PVR networked exo-system
  • HDMI only
  • External power pack
  • RF4CE - Portals can be completely hidden from sight and remote commands will still register.
  • 1080p HEVC - Shaw's first HEVC compatible set-top for future format conversions

Connections
  • HDMI Out Yes
  • Mini-HDMI No
  • DVI No
  • Component No
  • Composite No
  • S-Video No
  • Coaxial (out) Yes
  • RCA Audio No
  • S/PDIF (Coaxial) No
  • S/PDIF (Optical) No
  • IR Tether No
  • USB No
  • HDMI In No
  • Ethernet No
  • eSATA No
  • HD Compatible Yes
  • Tuner Type Digital
  • No. of Tuners n/a
  • Internal HDD No
  • PVR Expandable No
  • MPEG-4 Yes
  • 1080p Capable Yes
  • 3D Capable Yes
  • VOD Capable Yes
  • Manufacturer n/a
  • Width 13.5 cm / 5.31 in
  • Depth 8.7 cm / 3.43 in
  • Height 3.2 cm / 1.25 in

XR11 Remote - also known as BlueSky Remote

The XR11 is a remote with voice control which is included with the BlueSky Box and Portal
Features
  • Voice key and microphone
  • Backlight- all keys, amber colour
  • Accelerometer - keys are illuminated for 3 seconds when remote is picked up. Lighting fades up and down
  • Buttons are laser cut
  • Tactile "D" key for accessibility
  • Colour - light grey
  • Aim Anywhere

Remote Shortcut Keys
Button + Feature
  • A - Help menu
  • B - Video on Demand
  • B - Enable video preview in full screen guide
  • C - Sports App (scores, teams, and other detailed info)
  • D - Delete selected recording
  • D - Clear history

Programming the Remote details can be read here: https://community.shaw.ca/docs/DOC-9879

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post #2 of 38 (permalink) Old 2017-01-12, 06:44 PM
 
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No pvr expandability is just horrible .Until everything is available on a network pvr all the time, expandability to me is a must. Also just a 500 gb per seems ridiculous, a 2 to 4 tb would make lack of expandability at least not a crime.
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I think i saw where you can chain several together in a house for up to 1.5 TB storage...but would be nice to just slap on a external drive.
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post #4 of 38 (permalink) Old 2017-01-12, 09:41 PM
 
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Coax only (MoCa), and no or disabled Ethernet. No 4K capable? Really? This can't last very long.
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post #5 of 38 (permalink) Old 2017-01-14, 10:57 AM
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Shaw Champ, can you explain how this is superior to a Gateway/Portal/ Shaw Expander set-up?
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So I spoke with a Shaw Rep at the Calgary Home Reno Show today and was advised that other than the voice activated remote and new user interface, nothing really. You do not own your own equipment and must pay a rental fee and the tV Package they are offering is the highest cost and most channel inclusive because it doesn't make sense to use the voice remote to search for a program with lesser packages. So I answered my own question. Blue-sky is not superior to my current set-up.
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Interesting - from the list of features. 'yes' 'no' 'disabled' - there's no mention of '4k no'. I'm sure they omitted it because they know it's a serious disadvantage compared to their competition (Telus).

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@newfbc although this equipment is not 4K capable that doesn't mean that "BlueSky" won't be. In my opinion it's not like there is a lot of 4K content out there right now and gaining more attention than 4K is HDR, and again imo you can bet they are being looked at.

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Hi Shaw Champ this system looks like it's light years ahead of the Gateway. What has interested me on the Xfinity platform has been the anywhere DVR. I know Shaw has not included it on the launch of Bluesky, but I would go for it if I knew this feature was coming. Was it not included by design or it just a matter of negotiating with content providers?? Over the past year it has been frustrating to not have worthwhile content to download on Freerange and this seems to be a continuation of the same strategy. Another question is can you tell me the amount of time there is with the skip feature which it looks like on the Xfinity system is activated with the up or down arrow button. Apparently on Xfinty it comes with a default of 5 minutes but there is a code that can be entered to make it 30 seconds. Is it the same with Bluesky? Thanks
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^ Take Gateway as an example. I will not sign up based on what is coming especially with 2 years contract at $200/m.
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Interesting - from the list of features. 'yes' 'no' 'disabled' - there's no mention of '4k no'. I'm sure they omitted it because they know it's a serious disadvantage compared to their competition (Telus).

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It does support 3D though.
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If Shaw is considering HDR, a important question is: does this thing support HDCP 2.2? My understanding is that if you get content from "official channels", and want 4K and 10-bit color (HDR), content owners won't give it to you unless your system supports HDCP 2.2.

Does the BlueSky gear support HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2?
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@newfbc although this equipment is not 4K capable that doesn't mean that "BlueSky" won't be. In my opinion it's not like there is a lot of 4K content out there right now and gaining more attention than 4K is HDR, and again imo you can bet they are being looked at.
So why not say '4K - no'? I'm sure a lot of people will be asking that.

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Shaw gets the boxes from Comcast, so until they support 4K there will be no support from Shaw. Even if Comcast releases a box in six months and Shaw adopts it, you would be locked in on a two year contract with the current box.

Also there are currently no non 4K tvs that support HDR, that I Could find.

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I got into a lengthy discussion here about 4K. HDR is definitely the Shaw party line. No double the frontline employees will all be saying the same thing.

https://community.shaw.ca/thread/36047
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